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February 2012

This is What a Police State Looks Like

February 15, 2012 // 1 Comment

On December 12, 2011, days before the three-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, John Knefel, an independent news reporter and co-host of Radio Dispatch, was arrested covering the Occupy Port Shutdown solidarity rallies in New York City, at the Winter Garden Theater.  He and 10 …

Reading, PA: A Socialist Town

February 15, 2012 // 1 Comment

Socialism is a political term that describes an economic system of public ownership of the means of production and allocation of resources. Individuals in positions of authority make decisions in the name of the collective group. The term “socialism” wasn’t always met with the fears …

In preparing my talk on peer review for the MLA conference in Seattle last week, I forgot that few of my fellow academics have much familiarity with ‘gatekeeping,’ certainly not to the extent that journalists have, especially after the upheavals of the past decade. Though the situations …

As many of you already know, earlier today PA Governor Tom Corbett, announced a draconian budget that would cut deep into the fabric of PA’s public institutions while handing over huge give-backs to corporations. Last year, Corbett proposed cutting PA’s 14 campus State System of …

Why We Are Raising Money While there are a number of excellent, progressive publications across the country, there is a significant lack of regionally based progressive publications that focus on local, state, and regional issues. Raging Chicken Press seeks to fill a gap between dynamic …

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